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Donald Trump hits career low with Razzie nomination

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The Razzies have long been a lazy cabal of lowest-common-denominator jeering, routinely bestowing their booby prizes upon the kinds of cynical Hollywood fluff that never sought to be good in the first place. That said, a broken clock is right twice a day, and this year’s ceremony made the right choice by piling nominations in the lap of John Travolta’s John Gotti, whose abhorrent, self-serious biopic topped our list of 2018's worst movies. Hacks gotta hack, though, so the Razzies took things a step further by nominating President Donald Trump for its Worst Actor award. Because being the subject of a documentary is acting now.


Trump’s nomination comes via the archival footage used in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 and Dinesh D’Souza’s Death Of A Nation, but, wait, the burn gets spicier. Melania Trump and Kellyanne Conway also secured nominations, and our president’s relationship with his “self-perpetuating pettiness” landed him alongside Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s Holmes and Watson in the Worst Screen Combo category. A win here, one imagines, would hit harder than a tweet telling Trump he’s “fired.”

Leading the nominations beside our president and the aforementioned mobster—former pals, by the way—are films like puppet-jizz caper The Happytime Murders and that Robin Hood remake nobody cared about. See the full list below.

Worst Picture

The Happytime Murders
Holmes & Watson
Robin Hood

Worst Actress

Jennifer Garner, Peppermint
Amber Heard, London Fields
Melissa McCarthy, The Happytime Murders and Life Of The Party 
Helen Mirren, Winchester
Amanda Seyfried, The Clapper

Worst Actor

Johnny Depp, Sherlock Gnomes
Will Ferrell, Holmes & Watson
John Travolta, Gotti
Donald J. Trump, Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9
Bruce Willis, Death Wish


Worst Supporting Actor

Jamie Foxx, Robin Hood
Ludacris, Show Dogs
Joel McHale, The Happytime Murders
John C. Reilly, Holmes & Watson
Justice Smith, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom


Worst Supporting Actress

Kellyanne Conway, Fahrenheit 11/9
Marcia Gay Harden, Fifty Shades Freed
Kelly Preston, Gotti
Jaz Sinclair, Slender Man
Melania Trump, Fahrenheit 11/9


Worst Screen Combo

Any Two Actors or Puppets (Especially in Those Creepy Sex Scenes), The Happytime Murders
Johnny Depp and His Fast-Fading Film Career, Sherlock Gnomes
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, Holmes and Watson
Kelly Preston and John Travolta, Gotti
Donald J. Trump and His Self Perpetuating Pettiness, Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9


Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel

Death of a Nation
Death Wish
Holmes & Watson
The Meg
Robin Hood

Worst Director

Etan Cohen, Holmes and Watson
Kevin Connolly, Gotti
James Foley, Fifty Shades Freed
Brian Henson, The Happytime Murders
The Spierig Brothers, Winchester


Worst Screenplay

Death of a Nation
Fifty Shades Freed
The Happytime Murders


Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.